I hope you all are having a great short week! We don't get MLK day off but everyone else does so it was still a nice and quiet day in the office. I've been sharing a lot of my thrifting adventures on instagram stories lately and it's been so much fun to get your feedback + questions as I shop! I thought it would be helpful if I shared a quick list of the places I've featured in my stories lately.
Please chime in and add to the list in the comments below - I am BARELY scratching the surface of what's around here in CT and I'd love more places to check out! I will try to post a new list every few months or so when I have an updated roster of good places to visit. Enjoy!
- Revival Home - I've posted about this place before and after a few visits I'm going to give it a B-. I think a lot of their stuff is just dated vs. vintage or interesting and I find their prices to be absurd (over $400 for a bamboo dresser that is a) laminate b) needs a serious paint job and b) has been sitting there since the spring) BUT they are good about negotiating. I'd say stick to books and art vs. furniture and lighting and it might be worth a trip once in awhile.
- Three Ladies Antiques - I LOVE this place! They seem to get new inventory frequently and the prices are good (and very negotiable). The basement is a total doozy but it's normally 50% off everything - good for a solid dumpster dive every once in awhile. I focus on accessories, art, and books here and there. Skip the rugs here - much better deals to be had on eBay and Etsy.
- Antiques on the Farmington - My boss just turned me on to this gem and it's definitely worth a trip. As is typical of an antique mall, each booth is managed individually by a dealer, so some of them are great for inspiration (i.e. expensive, like the $900 life-size brass greyhound I wanted to bring home ;) but there were some great deals to be had (like the desk we scored for $140!). I'd recommend hunting for art, books, and quirky accessories like vintage boat propellers and antique glass bottle stoppers. Collinsville is also a cute little river town, try the market up the street for sandwiches!
- The Junk Shop + The Blue House - These two shops are co-owned by the same people and they are my JAM. They are just a few houses apart and it's an easy drive from the place above. I recently stopped at the Junk Shop and it was just teeming with STUFF. Great prices, endless inventory, and friendly staff. I prefer these sorts of places that leave the hunting to you - the prices tend to reflect the extra effort that is required! I just picked up a vintage horseback riding helmet for $10 that I'm still trying to figure out what to do with ;)
- The Collinsville Antiques Co. of New Hartford - I've never been here but I found it when googling Antiques on the Farmington and it looks AWESOME. 22,000 sq ft of treasure hunting. I'll check it out when we are in the area - let me know if you've been!
This weekend we're painting the guest room (we are going with Benjamin Moore's Palest Pistachio - thanks to all of you for the great recos and to Liz for the well-timed preview!!) so I will try to post a little update on our progress there next week.
I'd also LOVE to do a craigslist roundup for a city outside of CT (keeps my skills sharp ;) so comment where you are from below and I'll start a list of different places to feature!